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Drawing and Painting

  Swallowtail (working title), roughly 10"x12", ink and gouache on watercolor paper, from my new series of drawings, pieces which are pulling me into some powerful places. Last fall I had two pivotal experiences. I took a drawing workshop with   Stuart Shils   and I joined a mentoring group led by   Anne Siems . Stuart's teaching (Reframing the Ordinary) ignited a desire to work in black and white. He showed me how to pare down what I see into exciting compositions without the need of color (I know, life changing and so unexpected!) and encouraged risk taking via drawing exercises. Anne's leadership sparked a volley of ideas based on using drawing as a gateway to break open new ideas. I had worked with Anne in the past and knew she would push me into some exciting territory, but I underestimated the exponential power of the group. I imagine our sessions are much like graduate school, with deep conversations about ideas, methods and materials, as we each search for the

The 100 Days Project

  Day 1 of the 2024 100 Day Project. My source drawing on the left and a monotype pulled from it on the right, mixed media on watercolor paper 5"x7".  Not for sale - yet.... stay tuned! The 100 Day Project   is a global challenge to be creative for 100 days straight. It can be anything you desire - write a poem, learn to play or sing a song, try a new recipe, whatever floats your boat. I'm choosing to do more drawings - yes, I have been drawing every day (well, 5-6 days'/week) for the last year plus, so this shouldn't be too far of a stretch. And I won't beat myself up over missing a day or two. It's the idea of committing to a series that I find so appealing. Butterflies have been featured in many of my drawings lately, and I have an idea for a large scale project with multitudes of them. So why not take on this project as a mechanism to get the groundwork done? 100 days of little butterfly drawings. By the time I'm done, it may even be warm enough he

A Homemade Valentine for You

Sal (Salvatore Doggie, one of my studio dogs) wanted me to you remind you how much you are loved. Today and everyday. Always and forever. Hope you are feeling it. And thank you so much for your interest in my artwork, All my best, warmly, Kim  

Speciman I, a new drawing

  Speciman I, 6-1/2"x9", mixed media on Fabriano paper, collection of the artist. please tell me more about Speciman The onset of a new year is when I love to burrow in with books, blankets and new ideas. The fireplace beckons and the dogs circle, waiting to snuggle in alongside. This year there's been lots of great reads (I am really enjoying my new Kindle) and reflecting (I've filled 2 notebooks already!). This always results in a good amount of new ideas bouncing around. And oddly enough, they have to do with ink and paper. My daily drawing habit has hooked me in - drawing as a warm up for the easel leaves me hungry for more. I found myself lingering at the drawing table longer each day. So I decided to indulge my muse and let her play at the drawing table. This is ok - part of the ebb and flow of being creative. It's an important reminder that not everything I make has to be for sale. When I reflect 2023, I spent too much time focused on deadlines and lost tou

Lucidity, a new fox painting

  Lucidity, 18"x24" original acrylic painting on panel, $1000 plus s&h to the first asking nicely. Please see the links below. please tell me more about Lucidity make Lucidity my own I'd like a payment plan please During the pandemic I obsessively  drew faces , then destroyed the linework, then teased out a couple facial features. This process transferred to the Talisman paintings which started around that same time. It continues to show up in my brushwork, the way I draw various shapes, and even inside my painting process. Create. Destroy. Rebuild. This cycle has become important to me. It reflects our current world, it is a story of survival, it is a metaphor for humanity's resistance to change. To create, destroy and rebuild one has to be vulnerable and relinquish control, knowing that what emerges afterwards will be different. Lucidity is all about this concept. The roses and peonies spin on their own axes (stems) so quickly that they have become little worlds

Dear, a new painting, now available

Dear, 23"x24" original acrylic painting on panel, $1200 plus s&h to the first asking nicely. Please see the links below. please tell me more about Dear make Dear my own I'd like a payment plan please We have a small herd of deer visit us nightly. Sometimes they linger under the gazebo and enjoy the moonlight. Or they amble down the brick walkway, directly through the hydrangeas and trample the wildflower bed to gather outside the family room window. To the untrained eye it would seem that they want to watch Netflix and chill. However, we know they are reminding us the bird feeders are empty. Which we are well aware of - we fill those in the morning. Because another thing deer excel at in addition to trampling flowers and driving dogs crazy is gluttony - deer do not share.  I am amazed by their solid bodies and spindly legs. And those giant, wet eyes that see straight through to your soul. I like to hold still and wait to see their breathing, then synch mine up with th

Meet Persephone

  Persephone, 24"x30" original acrylic painting on panel. Available at a future date.  inquire about Persephone Last week I was awakened by the image of a mother bear. She was staring me in the eye, daring me to follow as she turned and disappeared into the darkness behind her. I caught glimpses of sky, little holes punched through the veil she passed through. Her head was full of red and green, which I interpreted as apples on the branches. I'm never sure how much these visions are snapshots of my dreams or amendments of dreams with things extrapolated as I wake up. Regardless, I knew she showed up to be painted. I started two Momma Bear paintings that same day. Eve , yesterday's piece, was the first one. And Persephone, pictured here, the other. I rooted Eve in the Garden of Eden, and Persephone, the goddess of Spring who lives 6 months of the year in Hell, inhabited a space strewn with smoke and flowers. This set the stage for each rendition to contain its own valu

Introducing Eve

  Eve, 24"x30" original acrylic painting on panel. Available at a future date.   Please reach out  with any questions. inquire about Eve So many exciting things happening in the studio right now.  There is a growing pile of drawings that I pick away at each day Eve (pictured above), who I just signed and is drying on the easel Her sister painting Persephone, who is in process Lots of video footage that I'm piecing together for Saturday's 10am eastern livestreamed lesson which will feature the making of both Eve and Persephone ( you can join us - it will be recorded and streamable!) Plans for more Momma Bear paintings An exhibition opening this Saturday at   The Anton Art Center , 2-4pm eastern Some pretty stoked Detroit Lions fans The smell of a   homemade chicken pot pie   in the oven. Life is pretty good at the moment! If you are looking to enhance your own surroundings, I am sorry that I cannot ship you a slice of pot pie, but I can ship you some original art - the

January, an embellished monoprint

  January, 9"x12" original embellished monoprint on Fabriano watercolor paper, Available at a future date.   Please reach out  with any questions. inquire about January This last year I have tried to draw every day. Something shifted in November because I began drawing even more earnestly. I stopped thinking of the practice as warmup exercises for my easel time and started fervently exploring complex ideas and processes, allowing the drawings to become something important.  Along the way I discovered how to pull a single print off my drawings. This process is called "monoprinting." January is two monoprints layered, overtop each other (ie printed on the same page). The process of monoprinting, like any other printing process, requires precision. It can also be rather unpredictable. Unlike other printing methods, monoprints create a singular original (hence the "mono" prefix). January is called an embellished monoprint because i have added other, non printe

NOW AVAILABLE Chickadees

  Chickadees, 15"x30"x1" original painting, acrylic on canvas, sides painted so no pressing need to frame, $1500 plus s&h to the first asking nicely.   Please reach out  with any questions. purchase Chickadees I have always loved these little birds - they have delightful, delicate movements, with clever markings and round little bodies. I started adding them to fox paintings late last year, but in this piece I decided they deserved center stage. Informed by the snow and ice storm we got over the weekend (10" of snow overtop a couple inches of slush!), the resulting shoveling, scraping and limb cleanup that followed, and then recovery time spent on the couch watching them gather at the feeders, this painting is all about the last few days here in Michigan. The final touches were today's blue skies - just a hint in the upper right - and some snow holes punched into the darker shape of the branches. Don't forget, too, that I offer payment plans. A 30% non r

NOW AVAILABLE Exhale

  Exhale, 50"x50"x1-1/2" original painting, acrylic on canvas, sides painted so no pressing need to frame, $6000 plus s&h to the first asking nicely.  This painting will ship rolled and required restretching by a framer at the buyers' end. Link to purchase is below.  Please reach out  with any questions. My paintings are not meant to be depictions of a singular moment, but more of a storyline or marriage of multiple experiences. Exhale pulled inspiration from so many places - a fox sighting in the wild coupled with memories of backlit sunburst locust trees in the fall. The way those leaves morph from their summer green gold to a vibrant mustard, and the sound of said leaves as they dance in a cooler crisp air. The sunbleached fur of a young vixen growing in her winter coat. My own childhood awe of watching the color shift and play out with each season - fall leading to the promise of a pale, whitewashed winter palette. And the rhythm of this seasonal shift and li

NOW AVAILABLE Nocturne

  Nocturne, 16"x20" original painting, acrylic on panel, $850 plus s&h to the first asking nicely.  Link to purchase is below.  Please reach out  with any questions. If you follow my socials, you saw how this one started as a response to a drawing. Just as I do with paintings that require a reference photo, the drawing defines a starting point, but it does not dictate the end result. I begin using basic ideas from the drawing and then I set the drawing aside. Next it's up to the paint to lead the way. Pens and brushes make very different sorts of marks, and the shift in scale impacts the design as well as the addition of color notes. The drawing inspiring Nocturne included a bird perched on the fox's head. At first I painted the bird as if she was singing the dawn into a dark sky, but further along I realized I didn't need her because while that was a cool idea, it wasn't what this painting's story was. The actual story here was how all-knowing Nocturn

NOW AVAILABLE Quince

  Quince, 24"x48" original painting, deeply textured acrylic on flat panel, $1800 plus s&h to the   first asking nicely . This panel is cleated on the back side for immediate hanging (it will float approximately 1" off the wall when hung from the cleat), but should ultimately be framed to prevent warping and protect the textured edges due to any humidity changes. She is also utterly gorgeous just sitting on the floor, learning against a wall.  Please reach out  with any questions. Oh my goodness, this one is so tender and delightful in person. She is a little larger than life, this young fox, wearing a crown of blooming quince, which was one of my Grandmother's favorite things. And mine, now, too. There is nothing that heralds the retreat of winter quite like the burst of quince blossoms, and it's a shrub that you don't encounter (at least that often) here in Michigan. We had one at our old home, and I would bring a few branches indoors each spring to cel